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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II

ef50mmf_18_1_
Review Date: Apr 21, 2006 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Price, lightweight, compact, optical quality, affordable 1:1.8
Cons:
Build, noise in AF mode, full-plastic

If you need:
- A sharp lens (teriffic from 2.8 on)
- A portrait lens for APS-C
- A low-light lens
- A cheap lens to start with
and can't afford the 50mm 1:1.4 or you simply use such a lens not often enough then this is yours. This lens always comes with me (bike-trip or backpack) because it weights nothing and the volume is neglectable. In combination with an ISO800 setting on my 350D it gives you also a lot of flexibility at low-light indoor shooting.


 
Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM

24-105lisusm
Review Date: Apr 21, 2006 Recommend? no | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 5 

 
Pros: Build, IS
Cons:
CA, i stopped testing further after seeing it..

I thought a long time what would be my first L. Looking trough my shorts of the last years I decided on the 24-105 to fit best for my purposes.

After reading the occasional bad reviews in aspect of CA, this was the first thing I tried to test. My experience is shurely not high, but I know how to cause CA to show and it showed. I compared what I shot directly with my Sigma 18-200 with equivalent exposure settings and must say that the Sigma compared better in regard of CA. This was when both where "wide" open in the tele-range.

I dont know If I did anything wrong or can't expect everything from an L lens, but I stopped testing and will return this lense intermediatly since there wasn't any other optical "wow", too. For me, it is simply to much money for what I got and I hope this was only a bad copy. I'm still amazed what my crappy 50 1:1.8 does optically in comparision to my Sigma, but this one didn't surprise me other than the excellent Build and the IS.